Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (November 2009)

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   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Bryce Cameron Liston

Hard Times: Portrait of Bill by Warren Chang
36 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Emotional impact. This is a striking painting of the human condition without being preachy. Such wondrous grays and browns, beautiful tonality. This painting is a definite winner. I was instantly drawn into the face of the subject--what well-structured features, what character, what a story this man’s eyes tell. Even though the cup is very bright and intense I did not find it distracting. I continued to find my attention drawn into the subject’s face and contemplating the social impact of the subject matter. It’s a heavy hitter. Timeless and very well done. - Bryce Cameron Liston







   Finalist
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Judge: Bryce Cameron Liston

At Rest by Jim Wodark
24 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: Effective design. If you are an artist who is struggling with design and composition issues, my advice is: study this painting! The design is clean and very well-balanced. I love the atmospheric perspective; it is used effectively everywhere in the painting, even between the boats. Nice use of warm and cool colors. I enjoy how the artist harmonized the sky color and temperature with that of the water. - Bryce Cameron Liston







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Bryce Cameron Liston

Le Défi by Marina Dieul
30" x 24" Oil

Judge's Comments: Unlimited imagination. This is an absolutely brilliantly executed Tromp-l’oeil painting. The painting has so many levels; I don’t even know where to start. I love the idea which completely took me by surprise. I’m sure there is more going on in this painting than meets the eye, it certainly makes me ask many questions, and continue to examine all of the wonderful intricacies found along the way. The artist has successfully executed all of the different textures. I love the way the artist incorporated her signature on the plastic, and backwards to boot! - Bryce Cameron Liston







   Finalist
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Judge: Bryce Cameron Liston

Admiration by A Westerberg
48 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Romantic beauty. I think this has to be my personal favorite of the November entries. It’s flawless. I love exploring the soft brushstrokes and color harmony-- what wonderful grays and greens gently alternating back and forth between warms and cools. I love the elegant design of this piece, seemingly simple yet commanding and well balanced-a powerful composition all around. I love the way the artist has softly put in the Feshin painting, not overdone, but just right. This painting makes me want to see more. What’s around just outside the frame? What’s going on? - Bryce Cameron Liston







   Finalist
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Judge: Bryce Cameron Liston

"Christopher" by A Westerberg
24 x 14 Oil

Judge's Comments: Evocative atmosphere. This painting exemplifies solid draftsmanship through and through. The beautifully rendered face is the unmistakable focal point. Look how effortlessly it was painted, yet notice the sculptural power of the head. It completely defines itself in three-dimensional space – it’s solid. Sargent would be proud. Against the obvious focal point of the face the artist has even used transparency, along with soft dreamy edges, to his advantage in the rest of the painting to take your eye right where he wants it to go. Beautiful edges! Again, everything seems so effortlessly painted; it speaks of confidence both in how it was painted and its emotional content -Superb Painting! - Bryce Cameron Liston







   Finalist
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Judge: Bryce Cameron Liston

Gioomy Birthday by Hwang Sung Ha
162.2cm x 130.3cm Oil

Judge's Comments: Hauntingly curious. I found myself coming back to this painting again and again. At first I wasn’t sure what to think… I was very drawn to it but wasn’t sure why. The eyes- I’m drawn to the compellingly beautiful eyes! I’ve never seen flesh painted so cold yet it totally works in this piece. Beautiful textural surfaces. I love the thick whites in the dress. I know I keep talking about composition, but it is so important. This painting is a winner in part because of its solid composition. Every item in the painting is expertly placed to move the viewer’s eye around the painting and back to the figure. It is well balanced and just so very intriguing. - Bryce Cameron Liston







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Bryce Cameron Liston

Waning Light by Barbara Lussier
30 x 40 Oil

Judge's Comments: Delicately subtle. I almost overlooked this painting at first, maybe just because of the subject matter. It’s a scene that can easily be overdone, but not this one. Its beauty is in its subtleness and expert handling of the lowland landscape. The sky is a pleasing 2/3 of the painting. All of the colors are delicately varied to show the depth of the space. The sunset is subdued just right and is in perfect harmony with the clouds. - Bryce Cameron Liston







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Bryce Cameron Liston

Mother's Love by Gladys Roldan-de-Moras
16 x 8 Oil

Judge's Comments: Intimate moment. This is a gorgeous small painting; such a beautiful moment between a mother and her baby. This is a subject that can be hard to portray, but this artist couldn’t have done a better job. Straight forward design with strong diagonals and simplified bold impasto brushwork. I love the luminous darker forms against the lighter background. The mother’s face is beautifully painted, using radiant shadows and soft simple forms, and is not overworked at all. Beautiful with great use of color variances throughout the painting. - Bryce Cameron Liston







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Bryce Cameron Liston

Harmony, Yellow Roses and Pears by Barbara Flowers
24 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: Luscious harmony. I didn’t need to look for this beautiful composition, it found me. The bold, beautifully applied impasto brushstrokes rest solidly upon the foundation of a great composition. Beautiful harmony between the cool blues and purples of the background and the warm yellows and greens of the flowers and pears. The warm colors against the cool are very nice. I real like the simplified shapes; the flower petals are painted so delicately and not overdone. Overall a very inviting painting. - Bryce Cameron Liston







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Bryce Cameron Liston

Effulgent by David Cheifetz
24 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: Glowing ambiance. I was struck by the unusual and very effective lighting of this piece. The warm, radiant light shinning from below really brings the viewer’s attention to the girl’s beautiful face. The draftsmanship of the figure is very well done--a solid and beautiful figure. The unfinished edges of the painting juxtaposed with the tightly rendered figure is a wonderful effect, and I love the overall analogous brown tones. I’m intrigued by the lighting direction and by the fact that it echoes the upside-down triangle composition. The triangular composition is further accentuated by the pot in the upper right corner. Very nice job. - Bryce Cameron Liston







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Bryce Cameron Liston

Untitled by Nancy Guzik
30 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Dreamy tranquility. I love the soft quality of this piece. It makes me want to be part of this comfortable, intimate scene. A simple but pleasing composition, it expertly leads your eye around the painting starting and ending with the girls’ faces. This painting is expertly composed with beautiful complementary dark luminous shadows set against lively whites. There are subtle variations everywhere. I love the way the soft purples complement the cool blues in the dresses of the girls. The values are tight and there is a wondrous play in the temperature and transparency variations. Such edge control! The painting makes me believe the artist thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of painting this piece. It appears to be completely effortlessly painted! - Bryce Cameron Liston







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Bryce Cameron Liston

Toddy by Dan Beck
16" x 12" Oil

Judge's Comments: Expressive passages. Consistency throughout. This is a wonderfully evocative scene, with expressive and striking, yet gentle brushwork. What a beautiful face; it makes me wonder what she is looking at or thinking about. The painting is solid and the lights and darks are kept tight and not broken up. I particularly enjoy the soft yet scintillating whites set against the reds in the dress. The reds are exciting in part because the artist has used subtle color tonal changes between warm and cool. Wonderfully executed. The painting is further enhanced by the use of small amounts of blue. What exciting use of bare canvas and lost and found edges. Beautiful work! - Bryce Cameron Liston